Getting a do-over

At some point after our stunning Chicago architectural river tour, LBC and I were marveling at the sheer number of gorgeous buildings that lined the river and well-planned grid of streets and squares.

Opera house, architectural tour

We learned that after the Chicago fire, the world’s best architects flocked to the windy city to rebuild it, literally from the ashes. “Basically,” LBC remarked, “they got a do-over.”

By chance, I checked the Boston Public Library’s flickr stream today, and they have just uploaded a set from the Great Fire of 1872, which similarly devastated blocks of city buildings.

Summer Street north side, opposite Kingston St. After the fire of November 9-10

Essentially, Boston got a “do-over” as well, but apparently we decided to just rebuild the chaos on cow paths, as it was before.

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